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Sport Relief 2010: In training with Karen Buchanan

BBC Radio Norfolk's Karen Buchanan finds out where the money is spent

BBC Radio Norfolk's Karen Buchanan has decided to work up a sweat and take part in the Sport Relief Mile.

"I used to really enjoy running and went regularly but got out of the habit," said Karen.

"This seemed like the perfect opportunity to get fit and trim as well as helping out a fantastic cause and having a laugh," she added.

Norwich is set to host one of Sport Relief's flagship Sainsbury's Sport Relief Miles on Sunday, 21 March 2010.

Karen Buchanan steps up her training with a trip to the gym

Despite being no stranger to running, the exercise came as a bit of a shock to Karen who has become accustomed to relaxing in a comfortable radio studio everyday.

"My legs were aching after the first session but it's getting a bit easier," she said.

Karen has also encouraged some of her listeners to take part in the Sport Relief Mile.

"A few people have signed up to join in as well and we plan to have a joint training session," she said.

Celebrity friends

She has also managed to rope in Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston from the Michelin star rated Morston Hall.

"He phoned into the programme and said that he wanted to get fit so I twisted his arm and now he's taking part," said Karen.

Karen gets some running tips from ex-Canary Craig Fleming

Karen wouldn't be drawn on who she thinks will win on the day but is glad that she's managed to impart some of her exercise expertise to him.

"I'm so happy that I managed to teach Galton how to do the perfect star jump!" she said.

Karen also met up with ex-Norwich City player Craig Fleming to get some tips on surviving the mile run.

"Pray! Pace yourself nice and slow, don't go off too quick," said Craig.

As well as spending time with her celebrity friends Karen has hit the local gym and put the treadmills through their paces.

Nothing if not thorough, she also attempted to beef up her leg muscles on the rowing machine.

Changing lives

As one of the UK's biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives.

Karen puts chef Galton Blackiston through his paces

Karen visited Aviva Street Sports to find out how the money helps projects in Norfolk.

The project is part funded by Sport Relief and the money has allowed them to run for an extra year in five venues around Norwich.

It aims to give local children the chance to take part in sport and provide extra curricular activities.

"It's an opportunity to get them off the streets and get them into a positive activity," said Dan Crouch from Football in the Community.

To get involved with Sport Relief 2010, visit the Sport Relief website.


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